The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has announced an exciting line-up of bespoke guest experiences through personalised encounters with masters of their crafts. Throughout the year, the resort will take guests on curated culinary journeys with Michelin-starred Chefs and artisanal gastronomic mavens, and exhilarating Behind the Bar experiences with award-winning bartenders from around the world, inviting guests to discover the essence of balance at The Ritz-Carlton Spa through wellness retreats and enrich each stay with impactful conservation programmes.
From 27 to 31 January, renowned artist Louis-Nicolas Darbon will collaborate with The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands in a special guest appearance to unveil a bespoke painting inspired by the resort’s architecture and design. Adding to the resort’s stunning art collection, Darbon, will paint the iconic Kerry Hill villas in his signature vibrant and liberating style.
Complementing the week of exploration with art and design, Leticia Stock, First Artist of The Royal Ballet in London, will perform an exclusive for-guests-only recital at sunrise at its stunning Mystique Garden, as well as at sunset at EAU Bar during the resort’s Defining Moment.
Stock began dancing at the age of three and has appeared in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle and most recently on Ed Sheeran’s live Tik Tok performance that drew over 5.5 million unique viewers.
From 14 to 18 February, Chef Patron Tom Sellers of London’s two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Story, will curate an exclusive pop-up at the resort’s Beach Shack taking guests on an exquisite 6-course literary-inspired menu.
Guests will also be treated to an evening with Sellers as he reads from his first book, ‘A Kind of Love Story’ – a behind-the-scenes story about life in a world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurant.
“It will be an evening to celebrate the visionary mind of one of the most original chefs of our time, and discover the truth behind the tales of his brilliant food,” the resort said.
“Having honed his craft alongside culinary greats such as Tom Aikens, Thomas Keller, Rene Redzepi, Sellers’ Restaurant Story develops an ever-changing seasonal tasting menu. Incorporating characterful, playful and ingredient-led philosophy that breaks convention and merges fine dining with forward-thinking, casual restaurant culture, Tom Sellers’ ‘a personal journey through food’ concept, has won him huge critical and public acclaim.”
On 14 and 15 March, Japan’s Shingo Gokan of SG Group – a leading figure in the international bartending industry – will kick off the second installation of the resort’s trailblazing Behind The Bar series, a Maldives-first that introduces guests to some of the world’s most talked about bars and bartenders.
Named International Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail, Bartender’s Bartender and Industry Icon by Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Gokan operates over 10 cocktail bars and restaurants in China and Japan, each with a distinct concept. with 42 cumulative awards, the SG group holds the record for winning the most awards won by a bar group in the World’s/ Asia’s Best Bars with 42 cumulative awards.
Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will get to experience a curated food and cocktail menu from each of SG Group’s renowned bars – Speak Low, Sober Company, The Odd Couple, The SG Club, The Bellwood, swrl., El Lequio, Ash and SG Low at the resort’s EAU Bar while enjoying a breathtaking Maldivian sunset.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will continue its stellar Behind the Bar line up throughout the year with Singapore’s Vijay Mudaliar of Native and Analogue in May, and Malaysia’s Jungle Bird (ranked 35 in Asia’s Best Bars) in June, and Masque of India (ranked 21 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) in October, as well as the exquisite Alquimico of Colombia (ranked 10 in the World’s 50 Best Bars) in November.
Other show-stopping experiences guests can look forward to include renowned author and crystal whisperer, Emma Knowles from the UK who will host a retreat under the glowing Maldivian full moon in June.
In July, the Cairo-born, Montreal-based musician/ producer, Ash – a multi-instrumentalist with over 600 million streams on digital platforms – will enthrall guests with a live performance of Western and Middle Eastern-influenced beats.
And finally, the living culinary legend and multi-Michelin starred Chef, Paco Perez will grace its shores with his signature modern Mediterranean flavours of the Catalan coast.
“The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands aim to create deeply meaningful and memorable guest experiences with personal touches for every guest. Curating this stellar line-up elevates every stay with a once-in-a-lifetime memorable moment.”